MCW Nov '10 Demo
Dec 1, 2010Public
Photo: Bob Rosand is joining us tonight to make two of his signature holiday ornaments.  He begins by roughing out a cylinder.
Photo: The first project is to make one of these "traditional tree ornaments" that Bob is famous for and even has one in the White House collection.
Photo: Note that Bob is turning left handed here -- actually, he IS left handed, but it's a good idea for us to learn to turn with both hands as the situation merits.  It can be a good way to stay out of the "line of fire".
Photo: Bob uses the corner of a tool to make a small dimple in the center to be used to set the point of a drill bit.
Photo: Here comes that drill. He doesn't have to measure because the hole is going all the way through.
Photo: Bob has hollowed a million of these and can do it in his sleep, but the first time you try one, you'll find it's not as easy as he makes it look. Note that he's working from the back side of the lathe to achieve a comfortable arm position. Give it a try some time.
Photo: Bob uses a simple pair of bent pieces of coat hanger to measure the thickness of the shoulder around the lip. These are easy to make and very helpful. You can even mount them in a small block of wood ala Paul Fennell.
Photo: After carefully measuring wall thickness, he finishes up the hollowing.  He uses an angled tool of his own making, with a square shaft, to get all the way to the far extent of the shoulder so the finished ornament is very light.  If you didn't buy one of these tools at the demo, you can get them on his web site.
Photo: Getting ready to part off the ball -- make SURE you don't get too close to the hollow center!
Photo: A nice catch on the end of his finger shows how it's done -- after a little practice.
Photo: The completed, and very light, hollow ball.  Note the uniform wall thinness and clean cut (even though it will be invisible, it's a matter of pride).
Photo: Bob's wife Susan is having a good time watching too.
Photo: Time to start the icicle, like the one in his left hand.
Photo: The end of the first tear drop is exposed from inside the wood -- it's all in there; you just have to cut everything else away.
Photo: Working on those tear drops, one at a time. Note that for a pleasing appearance, each one going toward the ball is a little bigger than its neighbor closer to the tip.
Photo: We are happy to have our video system working -- it really gets in there for a nice close view of the action.
Photo: Bob is using a small spindle-roughing gouge and a bowl gouge with traditional (not fingernail) grind.  He also uses a 1/4" round skew chisel.
Photo: Pointing out a feature near the end.
Photo: Carefully measuring the diameter of the hole in the ball for sizing the tenon on the icicle.
Photo: That's done -- it fits perfectly.
Photo: Two parts down and one to go.
Photo: Here we have the nearly completed top section that will be fitted with a tiny eyelet suitable for inserting a hanger.
Photo: And there it is, all put together. Another beauty.
Photo: For his second act, Bob is going to make one of the little acorn birdhouse ornaments that he is also famous for -- with luck, it will look pretty much like this one.